Prospects for Research Data Management

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Martin Halbert (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The challenge of ensuring long-term preservation of and access to the outputs of scientificresearch, especially data sets produced by publicly funded research projects, has become aprominent topic in the United States. In 2011, the two-year DataRes Project was initiated at theUniversity of North Texas to document perceptions and responses to this emerging challenge inU.S. higher education and to explore ways in which the library and information science (LIS)profession could best respond to the need for better research data management in universities.This chapter will highlight some of the most provocative findings of the DataRes Project on thetopic of research data management in higher education and then consider possible research datamanagement (RDM) scenarios for the future and the implications of these scenarios.The DataRes Project sought to document and understand a critical developmentalmoment, when many universities were starting to articulate the conceptual foundations, roles,and responsibilities involved in research data management. The project investigated theperspectives of stakeholders (e.g., researchers, librarians, information technology [IT]professionals, sponsored research offices) throughout the research lifecycle. Because it is still tooearly to draw definitive conclusions about prospective roles for LIS or other professionals inresearch data management, the DataRes Project instead sought to document basic quantitativeand qualitative information about stakeholder expectations, current institutional policies, and thepreparation that information professionals will need as they take on emerging responsibilities inthis area. Because the project was funded by a 21st Century Librarians grant from the Institute ofMuseum and Library Services, our aim was to establish a baseline study of research datamanagement practices that institutions can use in developing new curricula and training. Thegreatest benefit of this baseline study may be that it brings to the surface fundamental problemsin the emerging landscape of research data management responses and interventions in theUnited States. Our research suggests that effective institutional responses to meet the challengeof research data management may be slow in coming, but are inevitable in the long term.

Additional Information

Council on Library and Information Resources, 2013, pp. 1-15.
Language: English
Date: 2013
DataRes project, research data management, data management

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